It’s the day after Sober Grid was released and the new geo-social mobile app’s headquarters in Boston’s Back Bay is abuzz with excitement.“You wouldn’t believe the response we’ve had so far,” emotes Beau Mann, the 33-year-old creator of Sober Grid.Yes, sober people all over the world are getting on the Grid.While 12-step recovery groups are usually considered face-to-face activities, the role of technology in the spread of the movement has been undeniable—phones, online meetings, websites, and so on.Dating apps like Grindr and Tinder are perfect examples.
When you combine both types of connectedness—the digital and the recovery—you get Sober Grid.
If it wasn’t for Utah, there might not be a Sober Grid.
Meetings have always been places where people become connected, and in this sense, they’re a force for good in a fractured world.
Websites like Facebook and Twitter, and smartphone apps like Tinder, take this idea even further, promising instantaneous connection.
“We’ve already had a few thousand downloads and the responses are through the roof.” The new app is at the intersection of digital technology and the offline 12-step recovery movement.
Occasionally, a smartphone app appears which excites people so much it becomes a daily ritual.